THE Department of Health (DOH) reported Tuesday, November 23, 1,153 additional cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) that brought the country’s total case count to 2,827,820.

The Philippines’ active cases, however, went down to 18,721, which is 0.7 percent of all confirmed infections. This is the lowest since January 10 this year when the DOH reported 18,131 active cases.

The DOH also reported 2,182 new recoveries that also contributed to the drop in the number of active cases. These new recoveries brought the total number of patients who have survived Covid-19 to 2,761,617 as of 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The death toll rose to 47,482 (1.68 percent) with 195 additional mortalities reported, added the DOH.

The positivity rate remained low at 2.3 percent, from the 25,562 samples tested last November 21.

The World Health Organization has recommended a five percent or lower positivity rate for at least two weeks for an area to be allowed to reopen its economy.

More than half, or 55.2 percent of the active cases in the country have mild symptoms of the disease, 4.7 percent were asymptomatic, 20.51 percent were moderate, 13.8 percent were severe and 5.8 percent were critical.

The DOH said Tuesday’s data did not include reports from 10 laboratories, as two were not operational last November 21 while eight were not able to submit their output to the Covid-19 Document Repository System.

These laboratories contributed an average of two percent of samples tested and 2.2 percent of individuals who tested positive for the virus in the last 14 days, it added.

The health department also said that 99 duplicates were removed from the total case count, while 170 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths.